Nginx is a popular server for those who do not need the bulk and extra services that Apache may offer.
This article will look at installing Nginx on an Ubuntu Gutsy Slice using the package manager 'aptitude'.
Using the aptitude package manager is a great idea as it solves any dependency issues and you are assured of any security updates if, and when, they occur.
Aptitude has version 0.5.26 of Nginx which is a relatively recent version.
However, at the time of writing, the latest stable version of Nginx is 0.5.33. You can check the latest versions and change logs at the main nginx site.
Which one you choose is, of course, entirely up to you.
If you decide you would rather have a later version of Nginx than the one aptitude provides, then please refer to this article which will take you through the process of installing Nginx from source.
Install and Dependencies
Installing Nginx is incredibly simple as it involves one command:
sudo aptitude install nginx
This will install any and all dependencies that Nginx requires such as pcre.
Now simply navigate to your IP address:
and you will see the wonderfully simple welcome screen:
As you would imagine when installing an application with the aptitude package manager, all init scripts have been created and added to the relevant run levels.
Controlling nginx is done with these commands:
sudo /etc/init.d/nginx start ... sudo /etc/init.d/nginx stop ... sudo /etc/init.d/nginx restart
Err, that's it.
Using the aptitude package manager makes the installation of Nginx and associated dependencies very simple indeed.
The only thing to consider is the version disparity between the one offered by aptitude and the one available via source code.